Relieve back pain with these exercises

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Back pain

(By Shenrina Badri) The following exercises may be effective at offering relief to back pain.

Try to get a yoga mat (if you do not have a carpeted floor) as these exercises involve lying on the floor.

Knee lift

Lie on your back. Bend both knees whilst keeping your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands on your shin and lift your left knee toward your chest. Be wary not to force your knee any closer such that you experience any discomfort. Hold for approximately 10 seconds, before returning your leg to the starting position. Repeat the process with the other leg.

Press up

Lie on the floor (on your stomach) with your elbows bent and your hands placed on the floor, slightly in front of your shoulders. Push up gently, by straightening your arms somewhat.

Pick up your head to look straight ahead, keeping it in line with your spine. Remember to keep your pelvis in contact with the floor and do not tighten your lower back or arch your neck. Hold this position for about 10 seconds, before returning to the starting position. Repeat five to 10 times.

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